Harman in front on crowded US Open leaderboard

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As he walks to the first tee box as the leader of the 117th U.S. Open on Sunday afternoon, they'll come up with more reasons as to why he can't get it done at the end of the day.

But nearly as soon as he signed his card, Thomas was overtaken by the understated Brian Harman, who'll take a one-shot lead into tomorrow's final round after his own dazzling 63 on a day of incredible scoring. He was a highly decorated amateur, winning the 2010 English Amateur and finishing runner-up in a number of other high-profile events, including the British, Spanish and European Amateurs.

A U.S. Open short on big names - with a leaderboard that at times seemed like a phonebook of random people - found a bright star under a partially cloudy sky at Erin Hills. "I'd love to have another one of those". He shot 81 the next day in a blustery wind.

Now, time for two fun facts. It was great to continue the momentum I had from the NCAA Championships.

Li found the rough with his tee shot on 18 and hacked it out with an eight-iron, but his ball settled into a deep divot on the fairway, before his third shot bounded through the green into more nasty grass, from where he took six more shots to hole out for a 10-over 82 at Erin Hills.

"I could not have hit that three-wood to the last (from 299 yards) any better if I tried, just a little high cut and I was very fortunate for the overnight rain for the ball to stay there".

"I've got a good plan for this course". They each hit their first shot into the rough. Palmer shot a 65 after going into the final round trailing by seven shots.


Rickie Fowler is 1 under through four holes and tied for third with Tommy Fleetwood at 11 under.

"It was a really good round of golf and you don't realise until you start talking about it that I hardly missed a shot all day".

After recent major victories for Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia, many would view Fowler as the best player in the world without a major title. He two-putted for birdie, and he rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th.

"It's going to be a really cool day for someone tomorrow", said Fowler, who has posted six top-10 finishes in majors during his career, including a second place finish at the 2014 US Open. This is why I play - to get myself into this sort of position. It looks like he could swing the club with a plate on top of his head that would not fall off. Wish I could have done that. Regardless of the weather, it didn't take long for the 24-year-old Thomas to understand the significance of his record round.

"Taking nothing away from 9-under par - 9-under is incredible with U.S. Open pressure", Miller told GolfChannel.com.

But two-time major victor Jordan Spieth proved a good score was still possible, the 2015 champion carding five birdies and two bogeys in a 69 to finish one over par overall.

"It would change my life, I know that". "When you give us soft greens and not much wind, you know there are going to be some good scores".

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